“Do Not Worry”
Our sister-in-Christ, Phoebe, writes about struggles that none of us are exempt from: financial difficulties and life’s curveballs. Phoebe’s testimony reminds us of the importance of relying on God during our greatest trials and having faith that He will guide us through. God always keeps His promises, and because that, we shall not worry.
“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? Or, What shall we drink? Or, wherewithal shall be clothed?” Matthew 6:31
The longer I stood there the more anxious I became at the increasing numbers on the display. I was hoping the numbers would stop at any moment. Instead, they continued to climb. Before long I saw the number 5 pop up and I felt weak.
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It is no big surprise that gas can be so expensive. Newscasters and other prognosticators give predictions and their reasons behind the steady rise in the cost of oil. None of the reasons bring much comfort while standing at the pump.
In fact, not much comfort can be found anywhere in the news. The up and down of Wall Street, the constant bickering amongst politicians elected to resolve our nation’s trouble and yet no solutions are created. Every day one is bombarded with news of pending war, child molesters, mass murders, and global poverty. It is all enough to cause a person to worry themselves to sickness. The future never looked as grim as is it does when turning on the evening news.
What if one was to ignore the global state of affairs? Surely that would take away all reason to worry? Unfortunately that is not the case, as there is no way to hide from problems in one’s everyday life. Wayward children, unfulfilling jobs, increasing expenses, decreasing income, there is no hiding from trouble.
So in the midst of the chaos, how should we as Christians react to the overall clamor?
In the Bible, Jesus talks to his disciples about tomorrow’s worries and gives us one simple command.
“Do Not Worry.”
Jesus continues to ask “which of you by thought can add one cubit unto his stature?”
He asks who among us can improve our lives through worries. Of course, none of us can answer in the affirmative. Has there ever been a time when worrying about finances resulted in an increase in income or worrying about health resulted in a cure? Although our financial needs may be met and our afflictions are abated, these blessings are not the result of our worries. Rather, they are the result of a merciful and gracious Father who tends to our needs. So why worry?
What a splendid thing to know! Although the world will fail us time and time again and despite the lack of compassion or comfort distributed by our leaders. Families may abandon us and friends may desert us, but through all this our Heavenly Father will always provide just as He provides for the “fowls of the air” and “the lilies of the fields.” (Matthew 6:26,28)
He knew we would worry, thus the constant Biblical reminders to “Cast thy burdens upon the Lord” (Psalms 55:22) and “Come to me all who are weary and heavy burdened” (Matthew 11:28) Instead of harboring our concerns, focusing on our problems, and trying to make amends on our own, He wants us to come to him. He knows our needs and He will provide.
So the nest time one is pumping gas (myself included), we are hit with an unforeseen expense, or worry starts to set in over society’s state of affairs, it is important to remember Jesus’ message from that Sermon on the Mount. We must come to Him and have enough faith not to worry.